Who says beer isn’t for breakfast? This Blue Moon Orange Glazed Breakfast Beer Bread is perfect to start your day, especially toasted, slathered in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar! And no alcohol remains after baking, so you’re not technically drinking before noon.
Hunting season is almost here, and this year I’m going to miss it. It’s not like that’s anything new, because there were plenty of weekends it was too far for me to go to get away from college, text books, and tests. Now it’s travel, work, PTO, and running my first 5K this weekend – which as been years in the making on its own – but missing out on hunting camp this year has a pretty big mark in the con column. Not just because it’s a chance to sit around a campfire with my entire family – because usually it’s freakin’ cold. It’s not just because of the card games and laugh – because those are the times memories get made. It’s not just the food tendered by my great aunt who refuses, to this day 50+ years on to relinquish the spatula. It’s because this year is the year we were meant to spread my great grandma’s ashes at her old hunting spot up on the ridge – which we couldn’t do last year.
Gram, as she was so affectionately known, has been gone for six years now. The first year, we didn’t want to throw her off her ridge and kept her firmly tucked between sweaters and jeans in my parent’s closet. Then the next year, she got accidentally forgot at home. Uh, whoops. And last year we remembered Gram and brought her with us – but got stymied by the rain. What can I say, I’m a woos about the rain and I highly doubt Gram would have wanted to get drenched as we threw her over her ridge. I mean, the woman had standards and the least we could do would be to throw her over her cliff on a nice sunny day… c’mon. But this year, I’ll be missing it – my last good bye to Gram, my spirit animal of the relative variety.
Not a day goes by I don’t think of Gram – Adalaine. And I’ll be thinking of her this weekend. And making an extra batch of beer bread, the hunting camp favorite carb staple. Gram would have approved in every sense.
Try these sweet, healthy Date Pecan All-Bran Truffles that come together in 10 minutes! Made with bran cereal, dates, honey and cream cheese, these fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!
You know what’s hard? Eating healthy while traveling. You know what else is hard? Having uber talented and creative friends. Let me explain in one second… Bear with me because there is a giveaway at the end of this! I’m still trying to find the balance of eating healthy, working out, and ridding myself of the whalesque bloated feeling from oodles of decadent food that I simply can’t turn down. I need a new plan of action for travel eating and snacking. And not just travel snacking but everyday snacking, too.
Jessica of The Novice Chef blog – you know who she is – the one who makes things like these and of course these . Well she came out with her newest cookbook baby the Cereal Sweets and Treats cookbook which really captures her passion for everything cereal. A self proclaimed cereal freak, this girl has come up with a whole book full of things to do with cereal, besides eat it with spoon! And I mean, she got creative. I’ve already made her Lucky Charms macarons, that were to die for and filled with marshmallow creme, and then these Date Bran Energy Bites. The first batch I made came together in ten minutes and satisfied my sweet and emerging health tooth in one little bite. I felt satisfied and guilt-free – a miracle.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, which doesn’t always lend itself to healthy options – read: I just had a Sonic Chicago Dog and Cherry Limeade… I wish I had a little package of these energy bites to get me through my cases of the munchies and didn’t leave me feeling whalesque. They travel in my lunches so well, I think I’ll be making a batch of them for my trip next week too!
Jess is a magician in the kitchen, and this whole book is filled with colorful, fun and festive treats for cereal lovers! Her photography makes every treat look like something sitting in a shop window that you stand outside with your hands and nose prints planted firmly on the glass. I all but licked the paper of the book hoping that it was like the schnoz berries wall paper from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… #noshame (Darn it, I said I’d stop hashtagging…I’m such a liar.)
To get your mitts on a copy of Jess’s Cereal Sweets and Treats Book enter below and grab this recipe for your next healthy snack!
These No Bake Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Caramel cones are an easy and super handy treat when your little ghouls and gobblins want a quick trick or treat on the go.
Being a blogger poses a problem when it comes to seasonal cooking. We get to celebrate everything one holiday before it happens – like Christmas gets celebrated at Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is at Halloween and Halloween is basically as soon as Labor Day strikes 12:01am. Or in my case, it was August. And it’s not just the fact that Halloween is right around the corner – I mean, it’s because it’s my birthday and I’m stupid excited about it – but because it means Pumpkin-ception is upon us. Raise your hand if you were throwing elbows at the old bitties at the Starbucks to be the first in line to get your mitts on a Pumpkin Spice Latte… There are no judgements here.
I’ve been really trying hard to temper my excitement over the pumpkin that is upon us – but I feel like I’ve been failing miserably. I’m not sure if an apology is in order, but I’m leaning towards not. I mean how can you balk at Skinny White Chocolate Pumpkin Creme Brulees and learning how to make your own Perfect Pumpkin Puree? That’s right, you can’t. See? And there is no shortage of fantabulous pumpkin recipes to be had! And I’m not the only one of this kick – it’s Pumpkin Week and the usual suspects and I are celebrating this versatile gourd and putting it to good use in everything under the sun, son.
A wonderful holiday breakfast or dessert, this cranberry bread pudding with rum cream sauce will warm you through and get your in a festive mood.
Remember that time I broke down just off a major highway, my knight in shining Toyota driving husband had to come to my rescue, we sat in at gas station for an hour in the blistering Seattle sun to learn, once the tow truck arrived, the problem was that I was out of OIL and then consoled myself with a *cough* few Skinny White Chocolate Creme Brulee? Yeah…that was not my finest day.
Well, once that happened I kinda went full on panic mode, car hunting. Nothing like an emotional knee jerk reaction to fuel a potential major life purchase… Yup, it happened. And we got a new car!
We kitcheneers are always looking to hone our cooking skills, and one of the great things about cooking is there is no shortage of things to learn! But we are also always crunched for time. I recently came across a new site called Curious.com that contains hundreds of “bite-sized” videos perfect for kitcheneers on the go. And they don’t just stop with cooking – there are DIY videos, language videos, gardening videos and so many other categories you can hone your skills on anything under the sun taught by people just like you!
Learning from people who are passionate about their crafts and creative makes learning all the more fun. Whether you have just a few minutes or hours on end to watch these videos you don’t have to worry about missing out on a single video because the lessons are right at your fingertips, no video hunting or “I hope I can find that video!” stress necessary! Many of Curious.com’s videos are free, too. Curious.com is a wonderful sitel to help you dive into new subjects or get in-depth lessons on things you’re already passionate about.
Here are the Top 5 videos I am curious about… Curious. Get it?! You knew I had the throw a pun in here somewhere!
These sticky buns are loaded with bacon, pecans and sticky goo perfect for fall breakfasts or desserts. With a fool-proof dough recipe, these bourbon bacon pecan sticky buns will be a new tradition.
The best season is carb season. I mean, fall. Basically anything after summer and before spring is carb-season, and I am in full carb-mode. Thank goodness I can bundle up in sweaters and cover up any of the unsightliness that might be making an appearance on the sweater body I am so diligently working on.
And in fall time the temperature plummets, and I have got to full on cozy carb mode to keep my internal body furnace running at full steam. And it’s not just because I’m a carb lover, but I really need that extra heat here people. I work in construction and the tiny job shack I am currently taking up work-residence in is 1) tiny (emphasis on the tiny) 2) is drafty 3) has obnoxiously poor heating, where I literally have a blanket wrapped around me in the mornings,. I’m one step away from turning into Randy from a Christmas Story who is so bundled up that he can’t put his arms down!! and 4) NO BATHROOM. The Horror.
So, I have to trek outside 300 yards to get into the main building to use the terlet. Oh and you know what it does a lot of here in Seattle? Sunshines? LOL, Nope. It rains. So when I am trudging out into the soggy abyss to go use the bathroom – because I staunchly refuse to use the Port-o-potties on the job site. I’m not a wilting, delicate flower, but port-o-potties are line which shant be crossed.
I feel like I really should have had things like a toilet written into my contract, along with bringing Huck into work, daily shoulder massages and a steady supply of carbs, like these sticky buns in particular, with coffee supplied to me every day. And a raise, because I’m awesome. Obvi.
I think I need my daily sticky bun just to psych myself into going in to work every day.
These Bourbon Bacon Pecan Sticky Buns are a sinful way to fuel you up in the morning and take the edge off the arctic chill that is coming our way this winter. Boubon is by definition the coziest of boozes, and bacon makes everything better – so naturally, these will rock the socks of anyone who tries them. For the dough I went with a recipe I already knew was the best there ever – for serious – from Lauren’s Latest with her Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll recipe – and then loaded it up with caramel, bacon, pecans and sinful sticky goo.
Yes- this pumpkin puree really is THAT bright orange. I swear, I had to stare at this for five minutes and tone the colors down so it wouldn’t blind any of you. But geez, isn’t it purdy? In a 80′s fluorescent kinda way… Where are my side ponies and stirrup pant leggings people? I know that the aisles of the stores are LINNEEEDDD with pumpkin right now, but freshly made pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie is miles above the canned stuff. And you can’t argue with florescent orange pies. I mean, c’mon – talk about a ridiculously tasty conversation piece.
Sugar pumpkins are the best for this adventure, with a high sugar content and nice tender pumpkin meat. The words ‘tender’ and ‘pumpkin meat’ are really awkward to type, just an fyi. CAREFULLY slice your pumpkin in half and scrape out the innards – and of course save your seeds for roasting – and place on a baking sheet or in a baking dish face down – baking in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender and safe.
Once cooled down to a non-molten temperature, peel away the skin from the meat.
Cut or break into pieces and place in your food processor. And hit frappe!!
Scrape down the sides when necessary and puree until smooth.
Once it’s smooth, push the puree through a mesh sieve to remove any chunks and extra fiberous bits.
And WHAMMY – it’s done!! Divide the puree into freezer plastic bags, removing the extra air, and freeze flat on a cookie sheet. Freezing the puree flat will help save on freezer storage until you’re ready to use! So go get your some son. Sorry, I don’t know why I called you son.
We’re gettin’ all sorts of lit up in here over the start of apple season. And we’re gettin’ lit up over moonshine. Yes the two of them do, in fact, go hand in hand – because today I’m sharing my recipe for bad decisions and apple pie moonshine over at Baked by Rachel’s for her Apple a Day Party. Last year I rang in the new crops with Bourbon Apple Butter, and this year it’s Apple Pie ‘Shine all the way.
Clearly apples and booze go hand in hand. You can feel like a regular ol’ shiner with this recipe. And as always – it’s best sipped from your trusty mason jar. Pop on over and check out this recipe – it doesn’t take any time at all and you’ll be sipping the sweet stuff before you know it.
There’s 30 days of Apples to be had, so if sippin’ the shine isn’t what you’re looking for – check out the countless classic apple treats that your favorite bloggers have contributed! Click here to check them all out!
I can’t hear, see or eat paella without thinking about All in the Family – which most of you will not remember, because it was before our time. At least it was definitely before my time. But as it happens with being raised in a TV Land watching family – Archie Bunker was a staple in our household and Edith the pillar to which the Bunker household rotated. Bless Ediths heart and her paella making – always making too much, and always eliciting the “Awwwrrchiiee, What am I gonna do with awwlll this Paella?!?” And now I’m thinking the same. Seriously, I’ll be eating this for days. Not like it’s a bad thing – paella is amazing. And not at all time consuming.
Best of all, this paella includes sustainable wild-caught shrimp.
Have you ever looked at your seafood labels to see where they come from? Is you salmon ‘Atlantic’? Are you shrimp ‘wild-caught’? Terms like these matter and it’s not just to make yourself feel better. Sustainable fishing practices matter a great deal, not just to the immediate quality of the seafood you eat, but also to making sure that quality will last not just for our days, but those of our future, leaving behind healthy fishing grounds, water that clear and devoid of impurities that will diminish the well being of the fish and critters that reside in the water, but ensuring that our consumption can remain safe and enjoyable for years to come.
The bloggers highlighted in the Sustainable Seafood Blog Project are here to share our views on sustainably caught seafood and helping open others eyes to being a conscious, and well-educated seafood consumer.
As a lifelong western Washington native, I realize what a unique position we are in to get our hands on the very best quality, straight from the water near our own homes. Living here puts us right into the center of the sustainable seafood movement and we are all the keenly aware of the cause and effects of the good and the bad fishing practices that occur. And we have a penchant for seafood that dwarfs that of our previous generation – but ensuring the fishing grounds are not permanently damaged means conscious, and ethical fishing and the consumer being aware and educated so they can effect positive change. So please join me and these other fantastic bloggers in learning more about sustainable fishing and ethical eating.
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¼ cup Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 ½ cup Arborio Rice
4 ounces Pepperoni, chopped
¼ cup White Wine
1 ½ cup Beef or Chicken broth
1 14.5 ounce can Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 pound Large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
1 cup Frozen Peas
Salt and Pepper
¼-½ tsp Ground Red Pepper
In a large skillet, heat oil and garlic over medium heat and stir garlic until fragrant. Add in rice and chopped pepperoni and cook until the rice has become translucent - about 5-minutes. Make sure it is translucent before the next step. Add in wine and cook until the wine has evaporated. Add in broth and drained tomatoes, stir to combine. Cover and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in shrimp and peas, covering until the shirmp has cooked and become opaque - about 6-7 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Test the rice to ensure it is soft and cooked through. Serve immediately.
I got my second fix and I’m not slowing down! Here’s what I got in my September Stitch Fix box. What do you think about what I kicked and what I kept?
41Hawthorne Tulip Shirt :: $68 :: Keep It
So, I adore this shirt. It’s a straight fit and thick material that doesn’t feel cheap or chintzy. Problem, it doesn’t have any stretch at all and while it fits everyone else on my body, it doesn’t fit as well in the chest. I have a large set of chesticals and this shirt is a bit of a squeeze in there, making it a tad tight around my bra line in the back because it’s compensating for the front. So, if you’re an inbetweener in sizes like me, go up. This shirt it too great to get the sizing wrong. Sizing lesson learned. Also, please ignore the 13 pimples that decided to take up residence on my face.
41Hawthorne Fit and Flair Skirt :: $48 :: Kick It
Dear Pleats, LOL. Nope. Sincerely, Me. I have a big enough butt and stocky enough legs as it is and pleats does nothing for me. Nothing. Front the front view it made everything look huge and doubly wide – which the horizontal stripes didn’t help. From the side view, it wasn’t horrendous – but it wasn’t flattering. And Huck is equally unimpressed.
Bay to Baubles Multi Colored Oval Necklace :: $35 :: Keep It (For Beka)
Really I love this necklace – but not enough to keep it for myself. So I texted Beka a photo of it and she swooned. So I am keeping this one for her and she’s taking it off my mitts. It’s beautiful, the colors and the pattern – but I got a teal one last fix, so I’d rather it go to a happy home instead.
Fiancee:: Zig Zag Shirt :: $38 :: Keep It
Again, I have a broad top half and large shoulders. I love this shirt, the bottom half’s straight fit and the color, but it’s too small in the shoulder. It’ll look great in a boyfriend blazer for the fall. I’m dressing up a touch more at work so this will be good to have on hand. PS – Ignore the doggie nose prints in the mirror.
Skinny Jeans :: $88 :: Kick It
These are more jeggings than skinny jeans. They were like Stage 5 Clinger kind of clingy and tight. And this brand did nothing for my ass end. I have a pair of BKE and CK skinnies that I adore, but these nope. I won’t even show you a photo of me in them, it’s just something I don’t want to subject you to. Love the distressed look and the sizing was spot on. But you need to know when to draw the line and say “no” to skinny jeans and these were it.
There you have it – this month’s Fix. If you haven’t tried it yet – it’s totally worth it. I love the convenience of it – and not having to go to the mall. Though I will miss Auntie Whoever’s soft pretzels…
Which items are you digging from this month’s fix? And if you haven’t yet, sign up for your fix now. The holidays are just around the corner, get some new duds yo’!
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